For the autumn fruits applique quilt I haven’t actually used autumn fruits specifically – just a selection of fruits for which the applique is fairly simple and the colours that I could use were autumn colours.
The quilt is made using a combination of patchwork and applique blocks. It measures 33″ by 42″, using twelve blocks which are 9″ square finished size. For the patchwork blocks I used about 1/2 yard each of red and white fabric.
For the applique blocks and the border I used one yard of brown fabric for the background, with just scraps for the applique fruits themselves. You will also need some double sided interfacing for the applique.
I have managed to put all the templates together so that you need only one link for them, but I think that they may print out a little small so you may need to make them a bit bigger for your blocks. Click on autumn fruits templates.
Patchwork blocks for the autumn fruits applique quilt
I have used a very simple maple leaf quilt block, for which you need to cut the following:
white fabric: twelve 3.1/2″ squares, twelve 3.7/8″ squares
red fabric: eighteen 3.1/2″ squares, twelve 3.7/8″ squares
Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a red and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.
This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.
Lay the squares out in three rows of three – I did say that this is a really simple block, didn’t I! Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the maple leaf quilt block. You will need to make six of these.
Applique blocks for the autumn fruits applique quilt
I have chosen the fruits fairly randomly, using grapes, pear, apple, banana, cherries and strawberries. Cut around the paper template (enlarged if necessary – see above) and then place it on fabric which has been backed with an interfacing that is fusible both sides. This will help your applique to lie flat when you sew it in place. I have used Mistyfuse but I’m sure that you have your own favourite interfacing to use.
Cut the fabric around the template. For the apple I have used a 5″ by 6″ piece of red fabric and just cut around the fruit itself, not the stem.
I used the same green fabric for all the stems, backing a 4″ by 15″ rectangle of green fabric and then laying out the applique templates so that I could cut just the stems and leaves.
Lay the fruit on a 9.1/2″ square of background fabric, somewhere roughly in the middle of the square. That’s the beauty of applique – accuracy is not an issue. Having said that, you do need to decide which piece of applique to put down first: for the apple and the pear I placed the green down first and then placed the fruit so that it just covered the bottom of the stem. For the strawberries I needed to place the fruit first and then placed the green so that it could cover the tops of the strawberries.
For the grapes and cherries I only used the templates for the leaves: for the fruit itself it was easier to cut fifteen circles for the grapes and three slightly larger circles for the cherries.
For the banana I just used two different yellow fabrics – place the lighter yellow first and then cover the lower portion with the darker yellow.
When you are happy with the placement of the fruit, press the applique in place. In order to sew it in place, I have used a normal zigzag stitch rather than a satin stitch. I used a neutral light grey thread so that it wouldn’t show too much.
I didn’t use interfacing on the back of the background squares because the applique pieces are relatively small.
Autumn fruits applique quilt layout
I’ve put the blocks together in four rows of three. The first and third rows are made using a maple leaf block in the middle with an applique block on either side. The second and fourth blocks have an applique block in the middle with a maple leaf on either side.
Sew the blocks together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other.
For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of the same brown fabric that I used for the applique blocks. You’ll need two lengths of 27.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides. That completes the autumn fruits applique quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing – now that I have finished the quilt top I can see that it would have been a much more balanced quilt if I had made an additional row of three blocks to add to the bottom of the quilt. If you wish to add a sixth row, it would need to be one maple leaf with an applique block on either side.
Here’s the video:
I’ve had someone in this week to put some shelves up for my fabric and at last I have managed to unpack all my fabric so that I can actually see what I have. Too much! I think that I will spend next week checking the quantities and then hold a sale beginning next Friday.